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Racine Police: Fatal fire's origin likely not suspicious

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Fatal Coolidge Avenue fire

A Racine fire investigator looks into the remains of the home at 2527 Coolidge Ave. from an aerial ladder Tuesday while other investigators confer at ground level. The home was the site of a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning and left 55-year-old Steve Eschmann and a dog dead.

RACINE — The Tuesday fire on Racine's south side that killed a man and dog does not appear to be suspicious, Racine Police Sgt. Adam Malacara said Wednesday. 

"At this point in the fatal fire investigation, there is nothing to indicate that it is suspicious," he said.

At 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, the Racine Police and Fire Departments responded to 2527 Coolidge Ave. for a report of a structure fire with flames reaching through windows on three sides of the home, according to Police and Fire Department news releases.

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With video from scene: Man, dog found dead in Tuesday Racine fire

When firefighters got the blaze under control, they entered the home and discovered the bodies of a man and a dog. As of Wednesday afternoon, officials had not released the name of the man. 

No other injuries were reported. The home is considered a total loss, with an estimated $130,750 in damage. The Racine Fire Department said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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